Placental abruption

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[edit] Discussion of Placental abruption

  • AKA Abruptio placentae
  • Placental abruption is defined as the premature separation of the placenta from the uterus.
  • Placental abruption is significant cause of third-trimester bleeding associated with both fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality
  • Patients with placental abruption typically present with bleeding, uterine contractions, and fetal distress.

[edit] Imaging Findings for Placental abruption

  • Retroplacental hematoma may be recognized in 2-25% of all abruptions.
  • Sonographically, the retroplacental hematoma may mimic a thickened placenta because the hematoma is commonly isoechoic to the placenta.
  • Otherwise, the retroplacental hematoma may be hypoechoic or may be of heterogeneous echogenicity.
  • Negative sonographic findings do not rule out the presence of placental abruption.

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